Re: Jeff Keen

From: William Fowler (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Oct 18 2008 - 07:26:52 PDT

Hi all
There is some good news here. I've been working at the BFI and with Jeff to put out an epic DVD boxset of his films. This will give a very substantial overview of his entire body of work, from the underground '60s stuff right up until his incredible videos from the '90s - which includes the full on assault of 'Artwar' that was screened on Channel 4 in Britain. Much of this stuff is unseen and amazing - like his standard 8 CINEMASCOPE film, 'Spontaneous Combustion'. They'll also be illustrations of his paintings, sculptures, toy and comic collections plus a new interview.

We're restoring some of the films and there'll be a touring programme too and a series of shows at the BFI Southbank/NFT in London. This will all be happening in February.

Jeff is an undervalued and incredible filmmaker so its great to see his name coming up on frameworks and I hope that people reading this will be interested in him and his work. Some people may have seen his film 'Marvo Movie' from 1967 which featured in LUX's Shoot Shoot Shoot programmes.



Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 08:45:39 +0200
From: Deke Dusinberre <email suppressed>
Subject: Re: Jeff Keen

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Hi Rob (and all),

On Oct 16, 2008, at 10:43 AM, FRAMEWORKS automatic digest system wrote:
> Jeff Keen is now very frail and has had to move out of his studio/
> flat to be
> looked after in Brighton,England. All his material, films, paintings
> sculptures etc. need a benefactor and home or at least secure storage.

Sorry to hear that Jeff has had to move out of his Brighton flat. Do
give him my warm regards when you see him.
'Fraid I'm a bit far away (Paris) to be of much help, but have you
contacted David Curtis and Malcolm Le Grice at the Centre for British
Film and Video Studies (link below)? Even if the centre itself
doesn't have the financial resources to secure Jeff's archive
materials, they should certainly know where to turn.

It's absolutely essential that Jeff Keen's work (and life) be saved.



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